Make Your Own Salt Dough Rainbow

 salt dough activity ideas 
Making your own Salt Dough Rainbow is a great way of creating a homemade toy for your child to play with. 
Shaping the salt dough into a rainbow and cooking it hardens the dough, which then can be painted and used as a toy.  The salt dough rainbow acts a bit like a puzzle where children are required to reconstruct and put the rainbow back together by looking at the shape and size of the coloured arches. 
Children will not only learn and develop through making their very own Salt Dough Rainbow but also through the joy of playing with a toy that they created.  As part of this activity you can read books and sing songs about rainbows.
What you will need?
Salt dough rainbow
To make your own Salt Dough Rainbow you will need to double the quantities in our salt dough recipe,  a baking tray, coloured paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) and paint brushes.
  1. When all the ingredients are mixed together, we devided the salt dough into 6 balls, one for each colour of the rainbow and differing in size from larger to smaller.
  2. One at a time roll each of the balls into long sausages of a similar thickness and begin moulding them into arch shapes.  We started with the smallest ball first and used this as a guide for the rest of the rainbow arches.
How to make salt dough?  <RECIPE HERE> (we doubled the recipe for this activity)
salt dough activity ideas
  1. Rolling the salt dough balls and trying to get all the arches a similar thickness and the right length to form each arch of the rainbow can be a bit fiddly.  If you find your salt dough is breaking, try to make the width of the arch a little thicker and knead out any air bubbles in the dough before rolling.
  2. Place the salt dough rainbow onto baking paper and baking tray.  Be sure to leave a gap between each arch so they will not stick together in the oven as they cook.
  3. Place the salt dough rainbow into the oven for approximately 30 minutes (this may vary according to different ovens) at about 180c.  While the salt dough rainbow is cooking, be sure to check that it is not over cooking.  It will be ready when it has slightly browned and is hard.
  4. Once cooked leave the salt dough rainbow to cool on the tray and then paint!
homemade toy ideas
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development
  • Mathematics – measuring quantities and counting
  • Problem solving
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Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

Salt Dough Ornaments
We’ve been making Salt Dough Christmas Decorations (ornaments) for our Christmas tree.  They are so much fun and super easy to make! The most wonderful thing about making salt dough decorations is that it is great for all ages to participate in and the final product is something that you can keep and treasure for many years to come.
You will need salt dough, baking paper, rolling pin, Christmas theme cookie cutters and straws.
Click here to find out how to make salt dough:  Easy Salt Dough Recipe
  1. After preparing and making the Salt Dough, place a ball of the dough onto a sheet of cooking paper and roll our flat with a rolling pin.  The cooking paper helps make it easier to transfer onto an oven later.
  2. Press christmas shape cookie cutters into the flattened salt dough
  3. Using the straw place a small hole into the salt dough.  This hole will later be used to thread a piece of string or ribbon through it for hanging.
  4. Place in the oven and bake until completely harden.  Some browning will occur and this is fine because we plan to paint our Salt Dough Christmas Decorations.
The wonderful thing about making Salt Dough Decorations is that it can can spread it out and make them over a period of a few days.  We decided to paint our hardened and cooked salt dough decorations outside because it was a beautiful evening.  Sprinkling on some glitter onto the wet paint adds a nice touch to the decorations.  When the paint was dry, using a black permanent marker pen, I carefully wrote each child’s name and the year they made them on the back of the decoration.  I am sure that years to come they will enjoy looking back on the things they had made.
We thread a piece of ribbon through the hole that was made using the straw earlier and tied a knot to create a loop for hanging.  My kids hung them onto our christmas tree and they look absolutely wonderful, adding a personal touch to our christmas tree.
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